Latest Facebook Scam Tricks Users Into Becoming Lobbyists - NBC Bay Area

Latest Facebook Scam Tricks Users Into Becoming Lobbyists

Health insurance debate being gamed on social networks



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    Nancy Pelosi might have wondered why emails lobby on behalf of health insurers might have been pouring in from her liberal, well-connected district.

    Plenty of Americans want to get health reform right -- so when the lobbyists from Get Health Reform Right offer you virtual loot for filling out a survey, who wouldn't sign up?

    Well, plenty, if they knew that GHRR was actually a front for health insurance companies and health maintenance organizations, and that the survey was just a red herring.

    In fact, completing the survey sends an email to their congressional representative that implicitly supports the current system while passive-aggressively impugning the public option or single payer healthcare.

    The survey is just there to figure out where you live so it can contact the appropriate representative with the following message:

    I am concerned a new government plan could cause me to lose the employer coverage I have today. More government bureaucracy will only create more problems, not solve the ones we have.

    Little did you know that trying to get ahead in Mafia Wars was actually helping the private healthcare mafia influence the legislative process!

    The company that's facilitating all this is a company called Gambit, which manages these "offers" between customers like GHRR. Online game makers like Zynga and social network Facebook purportedly cut ties with these offer providers after a wave of media criticism and the launch of a class-action lawsuit.

    On its website, however, Gambit says that it counts MySpace and Facebook game developers as its clients, suggesting that these offers are still cropping up online.

    Shady, but what would you expect from the health insurance industry?

    Jackson West, once again, knew nothing good would ever come from accepting spammy Facebook app requests.